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Stage set for quarter-finals


Gaurav Saxena

Mumbai: The quarter-final line-ups for the Ranji Trophy 2008-09 have been decided at the end of the seventh round. Gujarat take on 2007-08 runner-up Uttar Pradesh at Vadodara while 37-time champions Mumbai will lock horns with Himachal Pradesh in Ahmedabad. 

Mumbai will have in its side Ajinkya Rahane, Ajit Agarkar, Abhishek Nayyar, Amol Muzumdar and captain Wasim Jaffer in their ranks.

Cheteshwar Pujara's Saurashtra play a full-strength Karnataka outfit including Rahul Dravid, Sunil Joshi and Robin Uthappa at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Subramaniam Badrinath's Tamil Nadu side take on Bengal at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, R Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik are the other star players to watch out for in the Tamil Nadu side.

Mumbai, Gujarat and Saurashtra (from Group A) and Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh (from Group B) have qualified for the quarter-finals. Rajasthan and Andhra were relegated to Plate Division.

Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh (from Group A) and Bengal (from Group B) have also made the cut to the final eight. 

The quarter-finals will be played from December 26 to December 29.

Group A

 
Mts
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
RQ
Mumbai
7
5
0
2
31
1.74
Gujarat
7
4
1
2
28
1.59
Saurashtra
7
3
2
2
23
1.40
Delhi
7
2
0
5
20
1.09
Punjab
7
2
3
2
12
0.80
Hyderabad
7
0
3
4
10
0.81
Orissa
7
1
4
2
9
0.64
Rajasthan
7
0
4
3
3
0.54

Group B

 
Mts
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
RQ
Tamil Nadu
6
2
0
4
23
2.11
Karnataka
6
3
0
3
19
1.13
Uttar Pradesh
6
1
1
4
17
0.97
Baroda
6
2
2
2
15
1.02
Railways
6
1
0
5
12
0.86
Maharashtra
6
0
3
3
7
0.73
Andhra
6
0
3
3
3
0.70

 
Note: Mumbai, Gujarat and Saurashtra (from Group A) and Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh (from Group B) qualified for the quarter-finals. Rajasthan and Andhra were relegated to Plate Division.
 
Ranji Plate Points Table
 
Group A

 
 
 
Mts
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
RQ
Himachal Pradesh
5
3
1
1
19
1.88
Goa
5
3
1
1
15
1.06
Haryana
5
2
2
1
14
1.39
Kerala
5
2
1
2
14
0.97
Jammu & Kashmir
5
1
3
1
6
0.63
Jharkhand
5
0
3
2
4
0.66

Group B

 
Mts
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
RQ
Bengal
5
3
0
2
21
1.86
Madhya Pradesh
5
2
0
3
21
1.66
Assam
5
3
2
0
15
0.89
Vidarbha
5
2
2
1
11
0.99
Tripura
5
1
3
1
6
0.76
Services
5
0
4
1
1
0.55

RQ = Run-quotient
 
Note: Himachal Pradesh (from Group A) and Bengal (from Group B) qualified for the quarter-finals

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